AIIMS starts YouTube channel to inspire head injury victims

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2016 07:00 IST

NEW DELHI: To help people who are permanently paralysed after a serious head or spinal chord injury, cope, the Trauma Centre of the All India Institute of Sciences (AIIMS) launched a channel on YouTube.

The channel will show survival stories of patients treated at Trauma Centre and also ways to improve the quality of life despite the limited limb movement.

Dr MC Misra, director of AIIMS, launched the channel in an event held at the hospital on Saturday.

“We are hoping this initiative will help a lot of people who sustained serious head injuries lead better lives,” Dr Misra said.

Dr Deepak Agarwal, additional professor of neurosurgery at AIIMS, said how support, information and effective rehabilitation can make a huge difference after a spinal cord injury.

“Maintaining an active lifestyle, positive outlook and remaining involved in activities can help affected people deal with it,” he said.

Several road traffic accident victims were present at the event, who shared their experiences.

Gusharan Singh, vice president, paralympic committee, India, said, “Many people living with paralysis play adapted sports and are even outperforming the abled ones.”

“I found people who were in the same situation and gave me support to deal with my emotional turmoil,” recalls Riya Gupta, who was the only woman in the Quadriplegic Rugby team back in 2008.

“I had always nurtured a passion for driving. The accident changed my life and left me bedridden and depressed for almost two years” said Eric Paul.

Paul met with an accident in 2010 while working with a prominent hotel in Delhi as a butler. He entered the Limca Book of Records by completing the Golden Quadrilateral road tasks in 2015, when he drove 6,000 km in 7 days.

He won the gold medal at Delhi State Para Table Tennis Championship 2014-2015 and also won a silver medal at Delhi State Para Athletic Championship in Javelin Throw competition the same year.

Paul is now set to cover 4,000 km by road from Leh to Kanyakumari.

First Published: Jun 05, 2016 07:00 IST